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  Indiana Slammers To Be Inducted Into The Illinois USSSA "Hall of Honor"  
. Illinois USSSA announced that the Slammers will be inducted into the USSSA "HALL of HONOR" on November 7, 2015. The Slammers are the very first Fastpitch team to be honored with this prestigous USSSA award in the state of Illinois. The awards banquet will be held in Rockford Illinois. All past and present Slammers team members and their families will be invited to attend. Each team member will receive a individual plaque from USSSA as a member of the USSSA "Hall of Honor". The Slammers overall USSSA win/loss record since 2008 is 119-18. We have captured the USSSA Illinois State Women's Fastpitch title in 2008, '09, '10, '11, '12 and '14. We won the USSSA Womens World Series in '08, '09, and '11, were the runner-up in '12 and '14 and finished 3rd in '10 and '13.

.Bloomington Hearts Tny '13, '14
USSSA Women's World Series: '08, '09', '11
USSSA Women's Illinois State: '08, '09, '10, '11, '12, '14
John Radtke Memorial: '09, '10, '12
NSA Womens World Series: '13, '14
Standout Players 2014 Season 
Louisville outfielder and 3 year Slammer veteran Kelsi Jones dominated in practically every offensive category. Kelsi was the only player to play in all 32 games hitting .435 leading the team in doubles (7), triples (2), home runs (7) and RBI's (34).
On the mound DePaul's Mary Connolly made 15 appearence going 11-2, leading the staff in IP (72), SO (49) while maintaining a 1.72 ERA. She also carried a huge bat hitting .466 with 3 HR and 17 RBI.
Collectively the 2014 Slammers had a phenomenal team batting avg. of .398 while the pitching staff ERA was a remarkable 1.91.

..Six Year Record
2008 thru 2014: W-178 L-37
USSSA Tournament Record: 119 - 18  
2013 Season: W-24 L-5
2014 Season: W-25  L-7
Slammers Welcome New Players For 2015 Season
Marissa Gagliano - Radford University
12/15/14 The Slammers extend a warm welcome to Marissa Gagliano who has now been added to our 2015 roster. Marissa is currently a freshman at Radford University. She is from Elgin Illinois and graduated with honors from Wheaton Academy where she had a stellar softball career. Marissa was the 2013 & 2014 Suburban Christian Conference (SCC) Player of the Year....Selected to 2013 Max Preps Small School All-American team...Two-time All-American selection by the National Christian School Association (NCSA), including first team in 2013...ICA Class 3A All-state honoree the past four seasons, including first-team as a senior (first in program history)...Four-time first-team all conference, along with all-area and all-Dupage county selections...2013-2014 Wheaton Female Athlete of the Year...Played summer ball for the Beverly Bandits...the Bandits are the 2013 PGF 16U National Champions and finished 3rd in the PGF 18U Nationals in 2014. Marissa is as good as they get on the field and with her bat. She will play a key role in our success and we are very fortunate to have her as a member of the Slammers. Welcome Marissa!
Carolyn Wilmes - Ball State University
  12/12/15 The Slammers are elated to have Carolyn Wilmes join us for our 2015 season. Carolyn is currently a freshman softball player at Ball State University. She is from Evansville Indiana and is a 2014 graduate at Mater Dei High School. Carolyn put up some huge numbers during her high school playing days. She received All-State honors her sophomore, junior and senior season...led the state of Indiana with 365 strikeouts her junior season....completed her junior season with a record of 26-2, 0.48 ERA with 365 strikeouts in 190 innings pitched....completed her sophomore season with a record of 18-6, 1.17 ERA and 240 strikeouts.
 Carolyn was also named All-Conference in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons as well as All-Metro Player of the Year in her sophomore and junior seasons. She also received Academic All-City honors all four years. During Carolyn's four years at Mater Dei, they won city and conference all four years and were semi state finalists her junior season. We have no doubt that Carolyn will play a huge role in the success of the Slammers next summer and we are thrilled to have her as part of the Slammer organization. Welcome Carolyn!
Amber Logemann - Miami University-Ohio
12/11/15 The Slammers are thrilled to announce the addition of Amber Logemann to our 2015 roster. Amber is currently a Junior pitcher at the Miami University-Ohio. Amber is from Earlham Iowa and graduated from Earlham High School where she had a stellar prep career. She was a 4 year letter winner at Earlham and was named the 1A Pitcher of the Year in 2011 and 2012.
During her senior season Amber led the State of Iowa with a record of 29-2 along with a 0.26 era. Upon graduation from Earlham, Amber started her softball collegiate career at Kirkwood Community College. Amber completed her 2013 season at Kirkwood with a record of 25-3 and a .58 ERA, which led all of National Junior College athletic Association (NCJAA) Division II. She was named First-Team All-American by both NJCAA and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) ....finished with 356 strikeouts in 180 innings.
Amber appeared in 28 games in 2014 for the Miami Redhawks making 24 starts. She finished the season with a record of 8-12 and a 3.30 ERA. Amber also lead the team with 126 strikeouts in 123 innings. Amber is a strikeout machine and we look forward to some big innings from her next summer. Welcome Amber!
Tournaments 2015

We are currently seeking Women's Fastpitch teams who would be available to play in the Grand Park Summer Showdown July 11-12 at Grand Park in Westfield,IN. Grand Park offers visiting teams 26 fields across 400 acres; numerous restaurants, professional sports teams, and shopping centers a short drive away in Indianapolis Indiana. The Grand Park Summer Showdown will be open to Women's Fastpitch teams. It will be the first time the state of Indiana will host Women's Fastpitch. We are currently seeking women's fastpitch teams as well as 18u gold/elite teams. If interested please contact Bob Zivic. or PH:219-688-2223

NSA Womens World Series  
  Back to Back Championships 2013-'14
East Side Centre, E. Peoria, IL
August 2-3, 2014
Standing: Dave Wilson (Coach) - Nicole Pihl - Brooke Riemenschneider - Jordan de los Reyes - Shawna Sadler - Gena Lenti - Mary Connolly -Jenna Nolan - Kelsi Jones - Jenna Marsalli - Taylor Carter - Kaitlyn Ranieri - Jhavon Hamilton - Russ Jones (Coach) - Bob Zivic (Head Coach) Kneeling: Jackie Kisman - Jorgi Calombaris  
NSA Womens World Series Championship Trophy
Mary Connolly (DePaul) checks out the impressive NSA Championship Trophy after pitching the tournament championship game. The Slammers overcame a determined Lady Hearts team 6-5 as the clock ran out at the end of six innings. Mary, Taylor Carter ( Eastern TN State ) and Jenna Nolan (IL Wesleyan) all pitched outstanding games as the Slammers won their second consecutive NSA World Series. The five tournament 2014 season concludes with the Slammers winning three tournaments, one runner-up and one 4th place finish. Final 2014 record was 25 wins and only 7 losses. Great job and best of luck to all of you who wore a Slammer uniform this summer!
Solid Defense
Both Jenna Marsalli 3B (UIC '14) and Jackie Kisman SS (Oakland Univ '15) had a great NSA World Series both on offense and defense. 

DePaul's Mary Connolly and Nicole Pihl
Only Kelsi Jones appeared in more games this summer than Nicole Pihl who was flawless on defense at first base, hit with power and had a season avg of .390. Mary Connolly was the backbone of the Slammers pitching staff while hitting .466 with 3 HRs and 17 rbis. On the mound she racked up 71 2/3 innings with an 11-2 record and 1.17 ERA. Heading into her final year at DePaul Mary's career honors at are many with 2014 as her finest year with the bat and on the mound: 2014 BIG EAST Player of the Year - 2014 All-BIG EAST First Team - 2014 BIG EAST All-Tournament Team - 2014 Great Lakes Region First Team. We will not be surprised to see Mary wearing a professional uniform next summer.
Kelsi Jones - Louisville
Over her three years with the Slammers Kelsi has not missed a game while establishing herself as one of the most prolific and consistent run producers in Slammer history. Just as she did in the two previous seasons Kelsi led the 2014 Slammers in most offensive categories including games played (32), runs (23), HR (7), and RBIs (34) all while maintaining a .435 BA. Not to be overlooked is her outfield play where her great throwing arm cut down several runners. We wish Kelsi all the best as she enters her senior year as a member of the Louisville Cardinals. 
 Gena Lenti - DePaul
Gena was a part-time player in 2014, but had a big impact leading the Slammers in the final two tournaments with a batting average of .476. A skilled slapper and fine outfielder Gena now enters her Junior year at DePaul
NSA World Series Slideshow
Jhavon Hamilton, ISU '13
 Defying the odds on coin flips, Jhavon works her Magic giving the Slammers
home field advantage the last 7 games!
2014 NSA Womens World Series Champions
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USSSA Women's World Series
2nd Place 
W-7 L-2
Rockford, IL
July 25-27, 2014
Back: Nicole Pihl - Alice Fitzpatrick - Ellie Forkin - Gena Lenti - Marisa Bast - Mary Connolly
Middle: Nicole Steinbach - Kelsi Jones - Andrea Filler - Kelsey Dotson - Kasey Gibson
Bottom: Jackie Kisman - Shawna Sadler
All Tournament
USSSA Women's World Series
Nicole Pihl - Marisa Bast - Mary Connolly 
Kelsey Dotson (All Defensive Team)
Tournament Stat Leaders
Hitting: Nicole Pihl .688 (8 gms) - Mary Connolly .524 (8 gms) - Kelsi Jones .455 (9 gms) - Kasey Gibson .444 (9gms) - Marisa Bast .444 (7 gms) - Gena Lenti .429 (7 gms) - Jackie Kisman .400 (9 gms). Team BA .408
HR: Bast (3), Filler (3), Jones (2), Pihl (2), Connolly 2B: Jones (3), Pihl (2), Houch (2), Connolly, Bast RBI: Jones (11), Pihl (9), Connolly (7), Filler (7), Connolly (6), Houch (6), Bast (5)
R: Kisman (10), Bast (9), Jones (8) SB: Kisman (6), Sadler (4) Sac: Sadler (3)
Connolly (2-1, 0.66  IP 16) - Steinbach (3-0, 1.16  IP 12) - Fitzpatrick (2-0, 1.31  IP 11) - Boetjer (0-1, 1.00  IP 7)
Staff ERA: 0.78

 Sammy Marshall - Western IL 
Slammers vs Team Netherlands
Bandit Stadium in Rosemont, IL July 17,2014 
Sammy's one out triple down the left field line in the final inning gave the Slammers a chance to get on the board, but was stranded as the Slammers lost 4-0 to a fine Netherlands team. Sammy Marshall's '14 season batting average of .478 was 5th highest nationally in NCAA D-1 softball. 

Pregame Introductions
After playing a great defensive game the Slammers couldn't get the offense in gear and took another
tough loss at the hands of a fine Dutch National team. Final score was Netherlands 4 Slammers 0.
With a liner over 2nd base new Slammer Andrea Filler (NU) got the Slammers first hit in the 2nd inning, but other than a triple by Sammy Marshall, a double by Nicole Pihl and singles by Mary Connolly, Coryn Schmit and Jordan de los Reyes the Slammer bats were stifled by Dutch pitching.
Mary Connolly held the Dutch scoreless for 4 innings until the Netherlands scored 2 runs on 2 hits in the 5th. Gatorade Indiana Softball Player of The Year Miranda Elish finished the 9 inning game surrendering the final 2 runs but again showed tremendous poise facing World class women's competition.
Bandit's Stadium, Rosemont, IL 7/16/14 

Defensive Gem
In the first inning Slammer SS Whitney Arion picked up a grounder and immediately fired a strike to catcher Jordan de los Reyes to nail a speedy Netherlands runner attempting to score from third. The game remained scoreless until the 5th inning when the Dutch scored 2 runs. (Photo Copyright@
2014 Tournament Schedule
Exhibition: May 25 --- Chicago Bandits --- Bandit Stadium, Rosemont, IL---5:05pm
Bandits 11  Slammers 0 
June 7-8-------- Lady Hearts Invitational, Normal, IL
First Place
W-5 L-0
Repeat Champions 2013, 2014
June 28-29-------USSSA Illinois State Trny, Joliet, IL
First Place
W-5 L-1
2nd Place - Lady Angels
3rd Place - N IL Lightning
July 5-6--------John Radtke Memorial Trny, Elgin, IL
4th Place
W -3 L-2
First place: Hooters
Runner-up: Lady Hearts  
Exhibition: July 7th and 16th --- Dutch National Team --- Bandit Stadium, Rosemont, IL --- 7pm
July 16th---Netherlands 4 Slammers 0 
.July 25-27----------USSSA World Series, Rockford, IL
2nd Place
W-7  L-2
 1st Place: Hooters

August 2-3-------NSA World Series, East Peoria, IL
1st Place
W-7  L-2
2nd Place: Lady Hearts

Slammers vs Team Netherlands
Bandit Stadium at Rosemont
July 7, 2014
Slammers Top Row: Jordan de los Reyes - Nicole Pihl - Miranda Elish Middle: Coryn Schmit - Gena Lenti - Mary Connolly
Kneeling: Kasey Gibson - Jenna Marsalli - Jackie Kisman - Whitney Arion - Kelsi Jones - Jhavon Hamilton
By agreement the Slammers and Netherlands agreed to play a 9 inning game. The Slammers had an explosive first inning scoring 5 runs as Jackie Kisman and Whitney Arion opened the game with back to back bunt singles followed by doubles from Mary Connolly, Jordan de los Reyes and Jenna Marsalli. The 5th run of the inning was driven in with a single by Nicole Pihl.
With DePaul's Big East Player of the Year Mary Connolly on the mound the Slammers carried a 5 - 3 lead into the 5th inning where the ball was handed to Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year Miranda Elish. The Netherlands then tied the game in the top of the 5th scoring 2 runs on no hits, 2 walks and 2 throwing errors. Elish showing great poise for a young pitcher gathered herself and struck out the side in the 6th inning. In the 7th inning the Netherlands took a 6-5 lead with 1 run on 2 hits but Elish was then perfect retiring all 6 batters she faced in the 8th and 9th innings.

Jackie Kisman
Slammer leadoff hitter Jackie Kisman beats out a perfectly placed bunt to start the first inning offensive outburst that saw the Slammers jump to a 5-0 lead over Team Netherlands. The Dutch eventually overcame that deficit and won the game 6-5.
(photo copyright @ 7/7/14
Sammy Marshall and Miranda Elish
  Facing a world class Netherlands team the Slammers were very fortunate to have Gatorade Indiana Player of the Year Miranda Elish on the mound along with DePaul's Big East Player of the Year Mary Connolly. Between them they held the Dutch to only 7 hits in this 9 inning exhibition game. Also great to have Sammy Marshall in the line-up vs the Dutch. Sammy plays for W. IL University and ended the 2014 season with the 5th highest batting average nationally in D-1 softball.  


USSSA Women's Illinois State
2008, '09, '10, '11, '12, '14
June 28-29, 2014
Inwood Sports Complex Joliet, IL
Top: Nicole Pihl - Mallory Goulding - Mary Connolly - Jenna Marsalli - Jhavon Hamilton - Katie McKay - Alex Wyss
Bottom: Melissa Priesh - Whitney Arion - Rachel Houck - Kelsi Jones - Jackie Kisman - Jordan de los Reyes
After a narrow 3-2 loss to IL Lightning in first game of pool play, the Slammers used great defense, raw power and the pitching arm of Mary Connolly to beat their next 5 opponents and capture the USSSA IL State Women's Championship for the 6th time in the last 7 years.The championship game against Lady Angels saw Slammer firstbaseman Nicole Pihl break a 4-4 tie with a 2 out 7th inning 2 run blast over the left field fence giving Mary Connolly her 4th win of the tournament.
The Big Hit

 A happy Nicole Pihl circles the bases after her 2 out 7th inning 2 run blast over the LF fence broke a 4-4 tie with the Lady Angels sealing the USSSA IL State Championship for the Slammers

Kelsi's Grand Slam!
Kelsi Jones is greeted by Casey after her 5th inning grand slam in semi-final game against the Angels. Flawless relief by Katie McKay for the final inning earned starting pitcher Mary Connolly the victory as Slammers won 7-1. Selected along with Connolly and Jenna Marsalli for the All Tournament Team this was the 2nd of Kelsi's tournament leading 3 home runs over the weekend.
Saturday Pool Play
N IL Lightning 3 Slammers 2
Slammers 9 Chgo Attitude 4
Slammers 14 IL Xtreme 0
Sunday Bracket Play
Slammers 13 Wisconsin Elite 0
Slammers 7 Lady Angels 1 (semi final)
  Tournament Championship Game
Slammers 6 Lady Angels 4
  Tournament Offense Leaders (6 games)
 Hitting: Hamilton .556 - Priesh .539 - Connolly .500 - Marsalli .444 - Houch .429   2B: Priesh (2)- Marsalli (2 ) 3B: Jones - de los Reyes HR: Jones (3) - Priesh - Connolly - Marsalli - Pihl R: Marsalli (6) - Jones (6) - Connolly (5) - Hauch (5) - Pihl (5) - Wyss (5) RBI: Priesh (9) - Jones (9) - Connolly (5) - Marsalli (5) . Team BA: .397
Mary Connolly: IP (26) SO (20) BB (6) W-4 L-1 ERA:1.61
Katie McKay: IP (7) SO (2) BB (1) W-1 L-0 ERA:2.00
Mary Connolly - DePaul
2014 USSSA IL State Tournament MVP  
  USSSA All Tournament Team
Kelsi Jones - Melissa Priesh - Jenna Marsalli
Indiana Slammers '13, '14
28th Annual Hearts Invitational
Bloomington, IL
June 7-8, 2014
Back Row: HC Bob Zivic - Coryn Schmit - Alex Wyss - Alice Fitzpatrick - Brittany Gardner - Mary Connolly - Coach Kirk Piehl - Jordan de los Reyes - Jhavon Hamilton - Coach Dave Wilson
Front Row: Brooke Riemenschneider - Rachel Houck - Jenna Marsalli - Melissa Priesh - Kelsey Jones - Jorgi Columbaris - Kaitlyn Ranieri
Saturday Pool Play
Slammers 11 Varsity Angels 0 - WP Fitzgerald
Slammers 12 Stone City Sharks 1 - WP Gardner
Sunday Bracket Play
Slammers 6 Black Widows 3 - WP Gardner in relief
Slammers 3 BNGSA Angels 2 - WP Connolly in relief .
Championship Game Slammers 10 Bloomington Hearts 7 - WP Connolly in relief
Offense Leaders
Hitting: Jones .667 - de los Reyes .571 - Ranieri .533 - Wyss .500 - Houck .385 - Marsalli .385 - Hamilton .357 - Riemenschneider .357
RBI: de los Reyes 9 - Jones 6 - Wyss 6 - Ranieri 5
2B: de los Reyes 4 - Jones 3 - Ranieri 3 3B: Houch 1 HR: de los Reyes 2 - Jones 1 - Riemenschneider 1  

Top: Mellisa Preish - Coryn Schmit - * Kirsten Verdun -Jenna Marsalli - Courtney Heeley - * Natalie Hernandez - Brittany Gardner - Jhavon Hamilton
Bottom: Brooke Riemenschneider - Alex Wyss - Jackie Kisman - Kelsey Jones - Taylor Lockwood - Sammy Marshall
Bat Girls: Natalie Otero and Layla Koritko
Slammers vs Chicago Bandits
The Ballpark at Rosemont
May 25, 2014
* Congratualtions to long time Slammer stars Kirsten Verdun and Natalie Hernandez who were the only two players selected from tryouts to make the 2 time Professional Champion Chicago Bandit roster. Kirsten was the winning pitcher keeping the Slammers scoreless as the Bandits beat the Slammers 11-0 in this extended to 8 inning free substitution exhibition game.
Although the Slammers were shut own on offense they sparkled defensively. In the 3rd inning with Bandits on 2nd and 3rd and one out, Slammer SS Sammy Marshall ( W IL) speared a hard hit grounder, fired home where catcher Brooke Reimenschneider (ISU) blocked the plate tagging the sliding runner. Seeing a Bandit runner trapped between 2nd and 3rd Brooke alertly ran the runner back toward 2nd and fired a strike on the bag where second baseman Jackie Kisman (Oakland U) tagged out the diving runner completing the double play and keeping the game scoreless for Brit Gardner through 3 innings.
In the Bandit 4th inning, with a runner on first base, Slammer left fielder Kelsey Jones (Louisville) quieted the Bandit crowd with a running, spectacular leaping catch of a deep line drive, again preventing the Bandits from scoring their first run. The Slammers now head to the Bloomington Hearts Tournament June 7-8 to kick off the 2014 tournament season.
NEWS Congratulations to Natalie and Kirsten! 5/25/14 After open tryouts Bandits select Former Slammers Natalie Hernandez and Kirsten Verdun 5/30/14 Hernandez hits her first professional home run as Bandits defeat Akron Racers 12-8 For First Win of the Season
NEWS: Congratulations to Natalie and Kirsten!
2014 Roster
#2 Whitney Arion....University of Louisville '15....Delphi, Indiana
#49 Marisa Bast......Northwestern University '14 ..... Orange California
#8 Mary Connolly…..DePaul University ’15……….Winfield, Illinois
#21 Haley Chambers..............SIUE '16.............Coatesville, IN
#31 Jordan de los Reyes….Illinois State University ‘17……Moline, Illinois
Kelsey Dotson....Indiana University.....Silver Lake, IN
#45 Andrea Filler..........Northwestern University '16............Fort Wayne, IN
 #37 Alice Fitzpatrick…..UIC ’16……Kansasville, Wisconsin
Ellie Forkin....Syracuse University '17.......Orland Pk, IL
#27 Brittany Gardner…..Loyola ’14………Orland Park, Illinois
#1 Jhavon Hamilton....IL State University '13....Joliet, Illinois
Katie Harrison....Arkansas University '17.....Noblesville, IN
#20 Courtney Heeley…..UIC ’14………Glendale, Arizona
#30 Rachel Houck……University of Louisville ’17…….Greenfield, Indiana
#23 Kelsi Jones…….University of Louisville ’15…….Carmel, Indiana
#42 Jackie Kisman…….Oakland University ’15…….Lakewood, Illinois
#29 Gena Lenti………DePaul University ’16……….Chicago, Illinois
#15 Jenna Marsalli……UIC ’14…………Naperville, Illinois
#25 Sammy Marshall....Western IL University '15.....Naperville, IL
#34 Amanda Mener…….UIC ’15………Naperville, Illinois
#28 Nicole Pihl………DePaul ’17………Marseilles, Illinois
#13 Melissa Priesh…….UIC ’13……….Thousand Oaks, California
#55 Kaitlyn Ranieri……Valparaiso University ’16……Schereville, Indiana
#35 Brooke Riemenschneider.....Indiana State University '17....Chatam, IL
#12 Shawna Sadler....Western Kentucky '15...So Holland, IL
#9 Coryn Schmit....UIC '13....Lake Zurich, IL
Nicole Steinbach ....Ball State '16....Merrilville, IN
#36 Alex Wyss....UIC '16....Joliet, IL. 
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